Product Spotlight: REM Caps
Better Sleep For Better Health
BY STEVE BORN
Did you know that a number of diseases and conditions including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression, obesity and more are associated with insufficient sleep? It's true!
Though obviously not as traumatic as other symptoms related to these disorders, inadequate amounts of sleep are definitely associated with poor athletic performance. One well-known coach calls it "The Ultimate Performance Killer."
Reports from the Center for Disease Control indicate that up to 70 million Americans have chronic sleep disorder. More than 25% of the population reports that they do not get enough sleep and 10% say they experience chronic insomnia. That's a lot of people who are simply not getting enough sleep!
Fortunately, research has shown that melatonin may improve REM sleep. A particular study focused on measuring the effects of 3 mg of melatonin per subject over an eight week period. Using polysomnography to measure the sleep quality, subjects were given blind doses of either melatonin or a placebo. Scientists observed that when subjects took melatonin, there was an evident marked increase in muscle atonia that happens in REM sleep. In contrast, participants who took the placebo had nights with a lower number of REM sleep cycles. At the end of the study, it was concluded that melatonin may be helpful for alleviating REM sleep behavior disorder.
Not only is melatonin a safe and superb sleep aid, it also possesses powerful antioxidant properties as well. One well-known nutritionist has stated that melatonin is "one of the powerful antioxidants ever discovered, with a greater range of effectiveness than Vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta-carotene."
While melatonin is undoubtedly the main component in REM Caps, it's also accompanied by these other outstanding sleep-enhancing nutrients:
Valerian Root Extract - Valerian is perhaps the most widely used herb for the treatment of nervousness, stress, anxiety and insomnia. Valerian is also beneficial for improving circulation, helping to lower high blood pressure, reducing mucus accumulation during colds, relieving muscle cramps, and helping to relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) - 5-HTP is isolated from the seed of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant and is a natural precursor of the hormone serotonin that helps to prevent insomnia. Along with melatonin, 5-HTP also enhances the release of growth hormone during sleep. In addition, several other low-serotonin-level conditions are aided by the use of 5-HTP including depression, carbohydrate craving, tension and migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
Magnesium (as Amino Acid Chelate) - Of the many roles magnesium plays in the body, one includes muscle relaxation. Magnesium may provide noticeable relief for anyone suffering from night cramping and that will help you sleep.
Each capsule also contains 19 mg of our custom Enzyme Enhancement System™, a proprietary blend of enzymes to help support maximal nutrient absorption.
When looking for another tool in your Hammer fueling system, turn to REM Caps to round out your day and night.
Note: People taking SSRI antidepressants should consult with their physician prior to taking 5-HTP.